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Requirements for Continuing Education for Pharmacists

Beginning with the 2010-2011 biennium – for licensure in the 2012-2013 biennium, and in all future two year periods, the requirements for continuing education will be as follows:

  • Thirty (30) hours of continuing education each biennium, as approved by the Arkansas Tripartite Committee on Continuing Pharmacy Education.

  • A minimum of twelve (12) continuing education hours of the thirty (30) required hours, must be live contact hours, as defined by the Committee.

  • A minimum of twelve (12) continuing education hours of the thirty (30) required hours, must be accredited by the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education.


What are the biennial periods?


January 1, 2016 to December 31, 2017
January 1, 2018 to December 31, 2019
January 1, 2020 to December 31, 2021, Etc.

Deciphering the last three digits of ACPE numbers:
L = Live program
H = Home study or other mediated program
C = Both live and home study

Topic Designators:
01 = Disease State Management / Drug therapy
02 = AIDS related therapy
03 = Law topics (related to pharmacy practice)
04 = General pharmacy
05 = Patient safety

Target Audience Designator:
If a CPE activity’s target audience is exclusively for pharmacists, the designation “P” will be used.
If a CPE activity’s target audience is exclusively for pharmacy technicians, the designation “T” will be used.

For more information on continuing education, see regulation 02-06-0003 or contact the Board at
(501) 682-0190 or: asbp@arkansas.gov.

Requirements for a New Pharmacist License by Examination

  1. Satisfactory proof of graduation from a college or school of pharmacy approved by the Board;
  2. A completed application for licensure and payment of the appropriate fees;
  3. Beginning March 1, 2004, successful completion of a criminal background check;
  4. Successful completion of the NAPLEX exam;
  5. Successful completion of the Arkansas Jurisprudence Exam;
  6. Successful completion of 2,000 hours of approved intern hours of experience.

See regulations 02-01-0001, 02-01-0004 and 02-02-0001

Requirements for a Pharmacist License by Reciprocity

  1. A completed application for licensure and payment of the appropriate fees;
  2. Successful completion of the NABP Preliminary Application for License Transfer;
  3. Successful completion of a criminal background check;
  4. Successful completion of the Arkansas Jurisprudence Exam;
  5. Appearance before the Arkansas State Board of Pharmacy.

See regulations 02-03-0001

Requirements for a Pharmacy Technician Registration

  1. The applicant must be a high school graduate or have a G.E.D.;
  2. The applicant must be of good moral character;
  3. Successful completion a criminal background check;
  4. A completed application for registration and payment of the appropriate fees.

See regulations 03-00-0001 through 03-00-0004

Requirements for a Foreign Pharmacist to be Licensed in Arkansas

  1. Satisfactory proof of graduation from a foreign college of pharmacy and completion of the NABP transcript verification process;
  2.  A completed application for licensure and payment of the appropriate fees;
  3. Successful completion of a criminal background check;
  4. Successful completion of the foreign pharmacy equivalency exam (FPGEE);
  5. Successful completion of the test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) within two years of the completion of the FPGEE;
  6. Successful completion of the Arkansas Jurisprudence Exam;
  7. Successful completion of 2,000 hours of approved intern hours of experience.

See regulation 02-02-0001 

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Little Rock, AR 72201
Phone: 501.682.0190
Fax: 501.682.0195
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